Originally Posted by Texas_Rose
Maybe instead what's needed is a beginners section. The only thing about that is that most beginners want help from more experienced people, and most experienced people get tired of answering the same basic questions over and over. That's why people come up with deceptive titles to try to get their question read, even if not answered.
If it's technologically possible, I think CC would benefit from several areas of organization that would help us all to surf the site a bit more efficiently:
1. Create sub-sections within each forum which would collect threads on basic topics, allowing beginners and newbies to find those answers quickly and address the frustration of clogging up the main forums with repeated questions on things like smoothing/crusting buttercream, how to price, how many servings, starting a home business (which, IMHO, should be posted in both the Cake Decorating and Cake Business forums).
2. I think we would benefit from at least two new forums: Beginning (or Basic) Cake Decorating, and How to Use This Site (or "Getting Started"). The Beginners forum could host the questions on buttercream, stacking, figure making, etc. and the "How to" forum could address questions/topics like searching for topics on the site, how to post photos and how your status changes, the etiquette for giving credit to those whose cakes we've duplicated, etc. I would also recommend that there be a blurb on the homepage about the "How to" forum, stressing that new members need to begin there. (In a perfect world, it would be technologically impossible to access any of the other forums until you've completed a"How to" forum primer, but we don't want Heath sitting in a corner rocking and crying, do we?
And maybe an "Advanced" is called for, although i don't know how we'd monitor the ability to post in that forum without the same issue of redundancy coming up.
I think the issue of "question overload" is part of CC's continued evolvment; it's such a great site that more and more folks are getting their decorating degree here and we just need a bit more organization to keep it enjoyable for beginner and pro alike.